Howdy folks. Apologies for the lack of Bits yesterday. Just means more for today.
The Islanders complete a three game road trip in Pittsburgh tonight against the Penguins. The two teams also begin a home-and-home series, as they’ll both fly back to New York and play at Barclays Center Thursday night.
- But first, recaps from Sunday evening, a 2-1 squeaker against the Hurricanes: [LHH | Newsday | Islanders | NYI Skinny]
- The 38-save win was no. 100 for Thomas Greiss, who came into this season with 98 career wins and beat the Hurricanes twice. [Islanders]
- And Ryan Pulock emphatically scored his first of the season, which went on to be the game-winner. He hopes that “broke a seal.” [Newsday]
- VIDEO: Greiss also has a new mask, designed in the Fisherman’s motif. [Islanders]
You can also watch the video right hurr:
Thomas Greiss' new mask pic.twitter.com/uVNcrjAOKA— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) October 29, 2018
- It must have been torturous so we thank them kindly - BSH has uploaded a photo gallery from the Islanders’ smackdown of the Flyers on Saturday afternoon. [BSH]
- Spizz relives the smackdown goal by sweet goal. [LHH]
- And Travis (NDRE) examines the Isles’ team defense. Too many shots against overall, but they’re keeping them to the outside. [LHH]
- Bode Wilde’s decision to play for the OHL Saginaw Spirit, rather than attend the University of Michigan, is going swimmingly. He fits right in. [Sportsnet]
- Derek Army, the Railers’ new 27 year-old assistant coach, was born into a life of hockey. [RailersHC]
- Keep up with all the kiddies in this week’s Islanders Prospect Report. [Islanders]
- As the team heads to Pittsburgh, a city that was just devastated by a shooting tragedy at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Luca Sbisa remembers playing for the Golden Knights as they paid tribute to the victims of the deadly incident in Las Vegas. [Newsday]
- If you’d like to contribute money toward relief efforts in Pittsburgh, you may do so through Pensburgh.
- NHL scores from the past two days of action: Sunday and Monday.
- The Maple Leafs will lose superstar Auston Matthews for four weeks with a shoulder injury, and there’s speculation it isn’t the same shoulder as last time. Between this and there being no end in sight in the William Nylander saga, John Tavares may never play a single game with the full young core he signed to play with. Not that I’m happy about any injury, but that would be delicious, wouldn’t it? [NHL]
- VIDEO: Mark Boroweicki, returning from a one-game suspension for elbowing, was promptly suspended again. This time, for three games for charging and hitting the head of Vegas forward Cody Eakin. [NHL]
- The Devils are about to begin seven game road trip, and they’re bringing along Cory Schneider, whom they expect to start at least one game. [NHL]
- With injuries slamming their defenseman, the Canucks’ Ben Hutton and Erik Gudbranson are embracing their new top-pair roles; in other, totally unrelated news, the city of Vancouver and the Canucks organization embraces the tank. [Pass it to Bulis]
- Folks, I don’t want to say it was all because of the Islanders because the fans say they’ve been thinking this way for a while, but it appears that Saturday’s blowout has ignited Flyers fans’ desire to fire coach Dave Hakstol. [BSH]
- UPDATE: Speaking of Islanders and Flyers, this two-year-old segment on TV4 Sport guest-stars former Islander and Flyer Tommy Söderström. Since it’s in Swedish I can’t follow, but it’s clearly a segment on the evolving size of goalie gear. (I don’t recognize the other guy, but he’s maybe only one inch taller than Söderström, but in full paraphernalia? JS Giguere just emailed from 2003 to say that this guy’s leg pads were out of control.) [via YouTube] (Mike B)
- Chris Kunitz, unbeknownst to me, is from Chicago, so playing for the Blackhawks is a welcome homecoming for he and his family. [Chicago Tribune]
- The NHL and MGM Resorts have announced a sports betting partnership for all you damn degenerates out there. [NHL]